Vice Squad
Monday, November 24, 2003
 
Czech Prostitution -- Legal?


In a prior post concerning prostitution in the Czech Republic,
Vice Squad noted that there were conflciting reports as to the
legality of the commercial sex trade in the CR. Recent news
articles add to the confusion. Here's a sample from one report:
"Prostitution in the Czech Republic isn't legal, but it is
rampant, especially in the capital of Prague. Estimates of the
number of prostitutes range from ten-to-25-thousand -- and
there are about 800 brothels."

But a second story contains this information: "Prostitution in
the Czech Republic is not illegal and is widespread, especially
in the capital, Prague, and near the country's western borders
with Germany and Austria. Estimates of the number of prostitutes
range from 10,000 to 25,000, and there are about 800 brothels."

At least everyone agrees that prostitution is widespread in the
Czech Republic.

Both stories are sourced to the Associated Press. The second
article appears to be more credible, as it contains more detailed
information: "There are no controls on prostitution under current
law, though the police sometimes sweep through brothels in search
of criminals."

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